Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

The Love Witch

2016, Anna Biller, USA, 120 min. With Elle Evans, Samantha Robinson.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jan 6th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Jan 6th 8:00pm
  • Sat, Jan 7th 4:45pm
  • Sun, Jan 8th 3:00pm
  • Mon, Jan 9th 7:45pm
  • Tue, Jan 10th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Jan 11th 8:00pm
  • Thu, Jan 12th 6:00pm
Back by popular demand!

"Anna Biller’s blissfully strange widescreen appropriation of the trappings of sexploitation, horror and high art, is a rubicund marvel, and a deadpan madhouse comedy." – Ray Pride, Newcity

"The year’s most singular independent feature ... THE LOVE WITCH will screen at the Siskel in a 35mm print, making it a crucial big-screen experience for local movie fans." – Michael Smith, Time Out Chicago

“Spellbinding … embraces the melodrama and vampy camp of ‘60s horror while also considering the easy conflation of love, desire, and narcissism.” — Leah Pickett, Chicago Reader

By means of sorcery, Elaine (Evans in a star-making performance), a newly arrived and newly widowed witchy temptress, hilariously has her fatal way with a succession of square-jawed hunks in a quiet Northern California town whose amenities include a strip club, a Victorian tearoom, and a highly suspicious Renaissance Faire run by the local witches’ coven. Director Biller (VIVA) pulls off an astonishing tour de force filmed in sumptuous 35mm, for an over-the-top retro experience that harks back to the heyday of the Italian giallo genre and the feminist sexploitation delights of Roger Corman protégé Stephanie Rothman (THE VELVET VAMPIRE). This sexy witch boosts her supernaturally seductive powers with concoctions whipped up in her lair, but somehow the objects of her affection fail to satisfy, calling for more drastic measures. 35mm. (BS)

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